Oct 7, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore (30) during warm-ups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers Sign Corner Back D.J. Moore

Earlier today the Carolina Panthers signed yet another veteran Corner Back to their roster. Former Chicago Bears Corner Back D.J. Moore was signed to the Panthers for a one year deal, the specifics of the deal are unknown but I would expect the contract to be similar to the contract Drayton Florence signed earlier in the month.

Moore was reported to have been in Charlotte yesterday, but it was unconfirmed until Moore himself confirmed his new contract via twitter, stating, “Just sign 1 year deal with the panthers. Thanks for the support again bear fans an will miss you. An to panthers fan I’m about to go get it.”

Though I said he was a veteran, which he is, he only has four years of experience in the league, which makes him a veteran compared to the other Corner Backs on the current roster. Moore was drafted out of Vanderbilt in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL draft. He has recorded ten interceptions in his four years with the Chicago Bears and one forced fumble. He played second fiddle for most of his career as a Chicago Bear, playing back up to Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. However, he is a formidable Corner Back and the Bears will have lost a lot of depth with Carolina’s acquisition of D.J. Moore.

Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback D. J. Moore (30) celebrates intercepting a pass during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Bears beat the Cowboys 34-18. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

As a Panther fan, I do have to take this as a bad sign for Captain Munnerlyn, who has been reportedly looking at other offers, even though the Panthers have offered Munnerlyn a slightly better contract than he did for the past few years. The specifics of the contract have allegedly been leaked by Charlotte Observer writer Joe Person. The Panthers have approached Munnerlyn with an unsatisfactory offer of 5 million dollars over 3 years.

I view the pickups of Moore and Florence as more of an insult to Munnerlyn. Added with the contract offer that provided a very small bump in his pay, this was basically the nail in the coffin that was Captain Munnerlyn’s career with the Carolina Panthers. Hopefully this bodes well for Josh Norman, who is coming into his second season as a Panther. Moore and Florence are currently the best corners on the team, but I think with more development and the intelligence given to him from Moore and Florence, Norman could be one of the premier Corner Backs in the league. I see that much potential in him. I expect to see a huge boost in our Corner Backs thanks to the two new acquisitions.

Those are my views on the subject, but are your thoughts, as the reader? Please leave them in the comments section below.

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  • Bryant Douglass

    I’m a bit skeptical about this signing.

    • Newton4Prez

      Well don’t worry they signed Cap’n after all! If they diddn’t want him back why offer to bump up his pay?

      • Bryant Douglass

        He wanted more ten they felt he was worth

        • Newton4Prez

          I’m just glad he is back

  • Anthony Dunn

    I think this is a good move. I can understand how people see this as undermining Panther commitment to Cap. But we have to remember that Cap is a hometown favorite and a person that plays above his natural talent. He is not a long-term answer and is much better in a complimentary role. I think this puts on track for drafting a big time corner in 2014. Don’t get me wrong, I want to see Cap in a Panther jersey, but it has to be at a reasonable $$ amount. He has earned his bones on special teams and played his guts out. We do need some experience in the secondary.

    I’m surprised people have been loving Norman so much lately. I think Thomas is better. Love hard hitting Godfrey. Only problem is that he usually lays the wood after someone gets smoked for a 15 yd gain.

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    • Tony Cardwell

      I wish Captain could stay, I just don’t think he will. With Florence and Moore now on the roster Captain would definitely be better suited for a three or four spot on the depth chart. It just seems the Panthers gave him a lesser deal compared to the other offers he has been given, but there is no way to know for sure. If he really wants to be a Panther he’ll show it by taking the $5 million deal. If not then live and let live.

      As for Norman, I just think he has potential. He has also gone on record saying he plans on working harder in the offseason to take back one of the starting spots, it’s on the official Panther’s site. Thomas is great too, from what he showed in the later half of the season he can really play the ball in the air. Godfrey’s good too, but I dislike Dockery. We also brought up a young CB from Ohio St., Nick Hickson. I think a safety would be a safe bet for a high draft pick this year.